Skip to comments.Glen Campbell Moved Into A Care Facility
Posted on 04/17/2014 12:37:30 PM PDT by FlJoePa
Glen Campbell has been moved into a care facility three years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, People.com reports.
"He was moved to an Alzheimer's facility last week," a family friend told the title. "I'm not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We'll know more next week."
The singer, whose "Rhinestone Cowboy" topped the charts in 1975, had been suffering from short-term memory loss in recent years. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in early 2011.
The 78-year-old Grammy winner and his wife Kim initially shared the news of his illness back in 2011 because hed hoped to give a series of goodbye concerts, in conjunction with an album "Ghost on the Canvas, which was released later that year.
"Ghost on the Canvas (Surfdog), Campbells 61st studio album, was expected to be his last. It wasnt. A brand new collection of recordings from the legendary singer, "See You There" (Surfdog) was released last December. With Campbells health apparently in decline, its increasingly likely the collection will be the final studio recording of the Arkansas native's career.
The latest health setback comes just days before the documentary of that final tour, titled Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me, gets its world premiere April 18 at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival.
Campbell was named both CMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year in 1968, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. The veteran performer has sold more than 45 million albums over the course of his career.
My father is the same age and is in an Alzheimer’s care facility. Happens to a lot of people when they get to their late 70s.
I wish Mr. Campbell’s family the best. Even when your family member is in a home, there’s still a lot of monitoring and attention needed.
He became a Christian and later got messed up (happens sometimes - happened to me) and then gradually found peace, then this. I plan to see him in Heaven.
Time takes its toll on the Wrecking Crew.
It is hard to believe he is 78. Very sad.
Meet Glen Campbell and Ghost on the Canvas are both very good CDs. Sorry I never got to see him live on tour.
Yes what a humiliating and destructive disease to all associated with it and with it.
A great talent.
Amazing guitar player.
IIRC, he even went on tour with the Beach Boys at least once.
He wasn’t doing badly just two years ago.
Here is a Grammy Tribute to Glen Campbell where he sang his hits with other country stars. That was a historic moment.
His music was the epitome of the 70’s backlash against the creeping bilge of the 60’s “music.”
Such a gifted vocalist, and I understand he could play the guitar well, too.
When his struggle became public, my brother recalled that he - pretty much unknown - was the entertainer at his high school graduation activity -- 1963.
Glen Campbell plays the William Tell Overture on Guitar:
His songwriters were some of the best. “Gentle on my Mind” is wonderful.
OH, my goodness, he really could play! My husband is a guitarist; I’ll show him this video later.
He also played guitar on the Irish Rover’s hit “The Unicorn”.
That is a good song, and so is “Galveston.” If he wasn’t writing his own pieces, he knew how to pick them.
Young male country singers today rarely have that kind of big, rich voice. I often find myself asking, “Why is this guy a star? He can’t sing!”
re: If he wasnt writing his own pieces, he knew how to pick them.
Jimmy Webb wrote a lot of Campbell’s hits.
There is no end to his talent.
Here he is doing Amazing Grace on the Bagpipe:
And here he is doing Dueling Banjos with daughter Ashley (Note, he already was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s then):
Poor man. What a terrible disease.
I didn’t know til not that long ago how much of a hand Campbell had in so many of the “classic songs” from the 60’s.
Check him out singing “Still Within the Sound of My Voice.”
Linda Ronstadt was a great singer, and did a great version of this song, but his version is sublime.
This was in one of the comments on the Amazing Grace video. How nice that he could do so many other things!
Also, I'm not surprised he could still play banjo with Alzheimers. Motor skills, especially those honed by practice, are among the last to go. My father (32 years in the Navy) could still polish his boots and iron until very recently, and he could probably still clean a gun if you handed it to him.
People also forget acquired languages. My boss's husband forgot how to speak English. He would say, "Why doesn't anyone understand English anymore?!?" and she would reply, "Manuel, you were speaking Spanish!" The husband of one of my mother's friends forgot English and could only speak German.
I love “Gentle On My Mind.”
Nice, and I agree about Linda Ronstadt, a terrific vocalist.
Onz, he wrote, “MacArthur Park”!
yep...I’ve always been a fan..
my mother is in stage 4 Alzheimers, with nothing left of her personality..
she repeats I love you hon, hon , hon... all day to my brother, ...she doesn’t know him by name anymore... doesn’t know anyone of her 5 children...
hate this disease...
A very great guitarist - and a very fine singer. A part of my childhood and very youthful adulthood. Must buy his greatest hits album.
My mom was a stroke victim with dementia. She spent the last 4 years in a skilled nursing facility. I was there 5 to 6 times a week. As bad as it was, I always said “thank God she does not have Alzheimers.” I feel bad for the families of the Alzheimers victims. The families are the ones who suffer the most.
I’d always admired him as a vocalist, but I was surprised at his guitar virtuousity. The bagpipery was okay ... just getting a song out of that instrument shows that a person has made a lot of effort!
Yup, not a bad guitarist! Loved his voice. Funny thing about musicians, they almost always know how to put over a song. Campbell, of course, sang very well.
True Grit tonight on dvd?!
We don’t have that, but it might be on Netflix streaming. I’m going to church, though.
Was he part of the Wrecking Crew?
For me it’s...I’m a linesman for the county...
I love that one.
Wiki seem to think so:
Yes. He was a big part.
Let’s face it: he was a great American artist.
Sad...the Campbell motto is "Do Not Forget".
I always thought that he was a very talented man.
“Wichita Lineman” is a football song. It appears to be about a Wichita Indian at a junior college—perhaps Coconino County College in Flagstaff, Ariz.—who plays offensive guard or tackle, seeking to open holes for the ball carrier (”drive the main roads”) and ward off blitzes (”another overload”). He can hear his girl friend cheering though the crowd is booing (”I can hear you through the whine”). He is preparing for a home game with a team that uses a pass-oriented run-and shoot formation, or “stretch,” that will be ineffective in snowy conditions.
Amazing abilities! He will be missed.
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